RootsTech 2019 Keynote Speakers
Friday, March 1 | 11:00 A.M. | Main Stage
Saroo Brierley lost contact with his family as a 5-year-old boy at a train station in India. He was later adopted and raised by an Australian family. But he was unable, and unwilling, to forget the land of his childhood.
Determined to rediscover his past, Saroo pored over Google Earth and eventually managed to recognize his home town—and track down his birth mother.
Their reunion in 2012 made headlines across the world, and his full story is recounted in his number 1 international bestselling autobiography, A Long Way Home.
The film Lion, based on his autobiography, was released in November 2016 and nominated for 4 Golden Globe and 6 Academy Awards.
Wednesday, February 27 | 4:30 P.M. | Main Stage
Steve Rockwood is president and chief executive officer of FamilySearch International. Rockwood, who most recently served as director of the international division at FamilySearch, became president and CEO on October 1, 2015.
Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood specialized in creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers of such brands as MasterCard International, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank among others. He was also a successful entrepreneur building 2 companies from the ground up that were later acquired by larger companies.